Watch the video at this link, and be amazed at the resilience of a young girl, dealing with a life altering injury. You don’t see disgust over the accident from her. You see a beautiful young lady with promise, and an I CAN DO ANYTHING ATTITUDE.
Alissa Sizemore was 7 years old when she ran into the path of a UPS truck in May 2014. Her right foot was crushed under one of the delivery truck’s tires and had to be amputated. On Saturday, Alissa danced her first solo in competition.
Alissa Sizemore, right, practices for a performance during ballet class Monday, March 2, 2015, at Powerhouse Dance Studio in Vernal. Alissa, 8, had to have her right leg amputated below the knee in May 2014 after her foot was pinned under a UPS truck.
Before being fitted with a prosthetic, Alissa heard the Colbie Caillat ballad “Try.” The song, with lyrics that emphasize finding beauty in oneself despite physical imperfections, resonated with Alissa.
“It’s a song that I found when my mom and dad first saw me dancing without my leg,” said Alissa, who decided to dance her first solo at Powerhouse Dance Studio’s recital this past weekend.
“I went to the dance teachers and I said, ‘I want (the solo routine) to be her,'” Heather Sizemore said. “Show her — with or without the leg — she can still dance. They took my idea, the concept, and did a beautiful choreography for her.”
So there Alissa stood Saturday, alone on the floor in front of a gym filled with friends and family who didn’t know what they were about to see.
“It just seemed like it would it would be really nice to show me without my leg,” Alissa said, describing the point in her routine where she removed her prosthesis and danced without it during the second half of the song.